Fuel hike demo at Kampung Baru today

Posted on June 13, 2008


Was asked to and agreed to lead the Bar monitoring team.

Got to Kampung Baru by 1pm, fearing that road blocks might make entry later difficult.

No such thing.

Whilst there was police presence, it was not overbearingly heavy.

A little after 2pm, after the Friday prayers, the crowd began to form, as did the police presence.

The seemingly small number of police and fru officers and the absence of any heavy artillery was glaring.

Although the original plan was to head down Jalan Raja Abdullah, then down Jalan Sultan Ismail and finally onto Jalan Ampang enroute to KLCC, plans had changed.

The crowd started to move down Jalan Raja Alang

and in about 15 minutes was on to Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

Here, too, the level of police presence was surprisingly low.

The crowd continued its walk down Jalan TAR and by about 2.40pm, reached Sogo and proceeded to sit in the middle of the intersection with Jalan Dang Wangi.

After some speeches, by 3pm, they were on their feet again and on their way to Jalan Raja Laut.

And at some point, police got ahead and appeared to be leading the crowd.

The march ended rather suddenly outside the PAS HQ on Jalan Raja Laut, the crowd being asked to disperse peacefully.

Crowd number? I’d estimate it at 2,000.

The heroes, if any?

PAS’s Unit Amal boys.

I leave you with some photos of banners and posters carried by some of the marchers.

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